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fic: Good China (221b ficlet)

Title: Good China
Author: fengirl88
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Spoilers: S2 Ep3
Wordcount: 221
Disclaimer: These characters are not mine.
Summary: Two cups, a saucer and a sugar-bowl.
A/N: A very late birthday gift for maggie_conagher.

Good China

Two cups, a saucer and a sugar-bowl. That’s all that’s left of the tea-service when they come to do the reckoning. After the shattering and the sweeping up, the wrapping of shards and fragments in layers of newspaper Sellotaped and labelled for the binmen.

There’s been enough damage. No need to cause more by being careless.

It wasn’t Mrs Hudson’s china, which is just as well. A present from a grateful client.

John apologises, afterwards. He keeps offering to replace the broken china, till Sherlock shows him the prices on the maker’s website and he goes faintly green. Almost the same colour as he did when – No.

Some images Sherlock can’t delete from his hard drive. Doesn’t mean he’s going to think about them if he can help it.

He doesn’t let himself wonder if the cups that survived are the ones he and Moriarty drank from that day. He doesn’t let himself think about Moriarty crossing the threshold, or what came in with him.

His black eye’s healing nicely. John apologised for that, too.

Some things are easy to replace, like the test-tubes and petri dishes he’d never expected John would be keeping. The flat’s not much different from how it used to be, really.

It’s going to take a while before they know for sure what else is broken.


The tea-service in question can be seen here.

Also posted at http://fengirl88.dreamwidth.org/81852.html with comment count unavailable comments.


( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 21st, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
So, how much did he drop in surprise and how much did he throw at Sherlock? This gives such a great impression of what happened without actually describing it. And the last line speaks volumes.
Jun. 21st, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - I think he threw some of it at Sherlock and smashed the rest!

Jun. 21st, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
It is so strong, even if so little. There is still the smell of John's wrath, it wafts in the air, even if he fills his mouth with apologies. Amazing. <3

This review was written for Recensioni d'Estate @ maridichallenge.
Jun. 21st, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
thank you so much - I'm very glad you liked it!
Jun. 21st, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
oh wonderful, wonderful! interesting that just talking about the irritations of S2 ended up letting you write this gorgeous piece. I'm with smallhobbit--wondering about how it happened--liking the thought of either the throwing or the dropping! And I adore the minimalism--just letting us figure out all the details as we want them to be. Beautiful!! <3
Jun. 21st, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
*beaming at your lovely comment*

thank you very much - and thank you for the conversation! I think this is as close as I'm ever likely to get to writing about Reichenbach and its aftermath...
Jun. 21st, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
mmhmmmm? *shaking head* watch out--the minute you say "never" . . . all hell breaks loose
Jun. 21st, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
yes, I really should know better...

*grins sheepishly*
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Jun. 21st, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - I'm delighted you liked it! *beams*

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Jun. 23rd, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)

thank you very much! I love the 221b form and I think it works well for something where there's a lot unsaid...
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Jun. 23rd, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
thank you very much! I couldn't imagine Sherlock buying a tea-service, so I thought it probably had to be a present...
Jun. 22nd, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
I love how John kept the petri dishes and how there were just two cups left when all was said and done. I like John's anger. I can see him smashing things. Everything you've left unsaid makes this so real and beautiful.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
thank you - that's a lovely comment! I'm very glad you liked it, and those things in particular.
Jun. 22nd, 2012 07:57 am (UTC)
Oh, that last line! Beautiful.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
thank you very much! I felt there would be some uncertainty about the extent of the damage, for both of them...
Jun. 22nd, 2012 08:07 am (UTC)
This fic says so much in a few words (I especially like the thought of what came in with Moriarty). And the last line is wonderful.
Jun. 23rd, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
thank you very much - I'm very glad you liked this, and those things in particular. I love the challenges and possibilities of this form!
Jun. 22nd, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Absolutely beautiful!
Jun. 23rd, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
thank you very much! *beams*
Jun. 23rd, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Wow. This was very powerful, for all that it's a 221b. Just...very precise and well thought-out and lovely. *goes to re-read*
Jun. 23rd, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - I enjoyed the challenge of writing this as a 221b and found it satisfying to do. I'm very glad you liked it!
Jul. 20th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
Dammit Fen! You write far too beautifully! This is heartbreakingly perfect.
Jul. 21st, 2012 10:23 am (UTC)
*glows* thank you very much! I'd had this one in mind for a long time before I wrote it, and I suspect it may be my only post-Reichenfic...
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